The Art of Tea and Downton Abbey

Today I have sworn myself to the task of making natural powder foundation.

But this afternoon, I indulged in a little guilty pleasure of mine: The Downton Abbey premier paired with a kettle of tea and a handful of truffles.

Over the past year I have become increasingly obsessed with the art of tea. It’s like magic in a cup. Not only does it give me a wonderfully romantic nostalgic feeling, but it’s also incredibly healthy. I always get excited when I discover that something I already like is actually good for me!

There are so many types of tea and so many benefits it’s hard to understand why some people “just aren’t tea drinkers”. It seems that Tea Drinkers and Coffee Drinkers are pitted against each other, as if you can’t appreciate both. Well, I do.

But today is about tea. My hope is to teach you something you didn’t already know and make a Tea Drinker out of you  yet.

The number one reason you should drink tea? The health benefits. If you suffer from anything from headaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you should be drinking tea. I found a handy list of teas that help with specific ailments that I’m sure you’ll find helpful:

Chamomile

click the pic to flip through a gallery complete with brewing instructions

If you’re not convinced by the health benefits, think about the fun.

I received a ton of fun, cute tea things for Christmas including this kettle

with this accessory that keeps your tea warm

this beautiful tea-infusing travel cup from Kati

and these adorable tea infusers

(infusers are little mesh baskets that hold your tea leaves so that they aren’t floating around in your cup)

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Besides all that, tea tastes amazing and don’t think you have to give up your caffeine boost. Black teas and several others contain caffeine. Although if you’re trying to kick the habit, there are also tons of teas that have little or no caffeine and you can always get decaffeinated (small caveat, some decaffeinating processes use harmful chemicals. If you’re drinking anything decaf, check if a chemical process was used or if the Swiss water method was used)

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So have I convinced you?

If you’re looking for something relaxing for this frigid evening (the wind chill is -10 here in Indiana!) put on a kettle (or warm up a mug of water in the micro) and settle in with a cuppa and the Downton Abbey season premier, which you can find at PBS.org.

And if you need something sweet with your tea check out this amazing recipe:

Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles. So quick and simple.

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Are you as obsessed with Downton Abbey as I am? The fashion alone makes the show worth watching not to mention the addictive drama and the oh-so quotable Lady Violet.

Tell me your favorite thing about the show in the comments and let’s get a conversation going.

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Now, if all that doesn’t put a little wonder in your week, I don’t know what will 🙂

Stay tuned for that powder foundation tutorial!

Love always,

-Tara

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